Chievo completed a spectacular comeback to beat Bologna, including Emanuele Giaccherini’s world class volley, to stay out of the drop zone.
The hosts had secured mid-table comfort once again, but the Donkeys were flying dangerously close to the wind this season. After sacking Coach Rolando Maran, Lorenzo D’Anna won on his debut against Crotone, but still hovered just one point above the relegation zone. They made this trip without suspended Ivan Radovanovic and Mattia Bani, while Bologna missed Riccardo Orsolini, Federico Di Francesco and Giancarlo Gonzalez.
Chievo had just two wins in their 12 previous top flight games at the Stadio Dall’Ara, losing six and drawing four. They were also without an away victory in 14 attempts, so 15 would set a new record.
VAR was surprisingly not used when Nenad Tomovic slid into the back of Simone Verdi in the penalty area, but on the resulting corner Perparim Hetemaj charged down an Adam Masina effort with his arm and the spot-kick was eventually given. Verdi converted into the near top corner.
Dario Dainelli tested Antonio Mirante on the end of a free kick and Mattia Destro wasted a chance when sent clear on goal by Verdi.
Lucas Castro couldn’t believe he failed to score on 27 minutes, as first Mirante parried his header from point-blank range, then he turned the rebound on to the crossbar.
Andrea Poli sent Rodrigo Palacio through, but Dainelli made a decisive last-ditch tackle.
Chievo got their equaliser in truly spectacular fashion straight after the restart. Castro’s ball over the top found Giaccherini on the left side of the penalty area, he let it come down and smashed a Van Basten-esque left-foot volley across Mirante in off the underside of the bar from a tight angle.
Bologna should’ve done far better on the second Chievo goal, though, as Roberto Inglese hooked a Massimo Gobbi chipped pass, spun between two defenders and drilled home.
Verdi was unfortunate not to get Bologna back on level terms on 85 minutes, as his right-foot strike was fingertipped on to the upright by Sorrentino.
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